Friends of the BSM: Levels and Benefits


Join now and become part of the BSM community!

The BSM gives you and your family the opportunity to explore the culture and customs of people from around the world through a series of original and changing exhibitions. With close to 15,000 artefacts in its collection, the Bata Shoe Museum is North America’s largest museum exclusively devoted to shoes. As a Friend of the BSM, you can visit as often as you like for free!.

Come back, again and again, to take part in programs, lectures, family activities, hands-on workshops, tours, exhibition openings and special events. Discounts on purchases at the Museum Shop and other savings means that joining us is as practical as it is rewarding.

Where else can you…

  • Examine footwear from the earliest civilizations on earth…
  • Delight in the towering heels and delicate embroidery of shoes chronicling the history of Western fashion…
  • See a space boot worn by an astronaut…
  • Get up close and personal with footwear worn by some of the world’s most notable people!

Enhance your experience with these additional options:


Individual $60

  • Free admission to the BSM permanent collection and temporary exhibitions for one year
  • Discounts on select programs, events and workshops
  • Invitations to exclusive Friends of the BSM events and programs
  • 10% discount in the BSM shop
  • 10% off gift Friends of the BSM subscriptions
  • Exclusive discounts with local partners & cultural institutions
  • Free reciprocal admission to over 50 institutions throughout Ontario (OAAG)
  • Free subscription to the BSM Friends enewsletter
  • Opportunity to Bring a friend for $5
  • 1 named cardholder


Family (Dual) $80

  • All benefits at the Individual level
  • PLUS 2 named cardholders + up to 4 children under 18


Sustaining $150

  • All benefits at the Family (Dual) level
  • Option for 2 named card holders plus 2 guests OR 1 named cardholder and up to 3 guests per visit plus up to 4 children under 18
  • Free reciprocal admission to over 1,000 participating museums and galleries in North America (NARM)
  • 2 complimentary guest passes
  • Recognition in BSM Annual Review
  • Charitable tax receipt ($80 deducted)


Contributing $250

  • All benefits at the Sustaining level
  • Invitations to select events and exhibition openings
  • Charitable tax receipt ($80 deducted)


Discovery Circle $500

  • All benefits at the Contributing level
  • 4 complimentary guest passes
  • Charitable tax receipt ($80 deducted)


Curator’s Circle $1,000

  • All benefits at Discovery Circle level
  • 6 complimentary guest passes
  • Charitable tax receipt ($80 deducted)


Director’s Circle $2,500

  • All benefits at Discovery Circle level
  • 8 complimentary guest passes
  • Charitable tax receipt ($80 deducted)


Have more questions?

For more information or to become a Friend of the BSM please email or call 416-979-7799 x 250

Must be 18+ to sign up to join. There are no refunds or exchanges on our annual passes and some restrictions may apply. In the event of a COVID-19 shut down – Friends subscriptions will be put on hold and resumed when the museum re-opens. Please note that the BSM, at any time, may modify or withdraw the terms and conditions of the program.